Pre-Diabetes & lowering glucose levels

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hafadai
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/18/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I am a new member. Back problems/surgery & being overweight led me to exercise regularly & semi-watch watch what I eat. It's been five years since I started and have lowered my weight, lowered my cholesterol levels, my elevated liver enzymes, etc. However, my fasting glucose results still shows 106. I am wondering what remedies will work best to lower my glucose? I've heard people taking cinnamon capsules, boiling cinnamon & then straining the essence and mixing it into tea (are cinnamon granules really a carcinogen?), or sprinkling cinnamon on toast or oatmeal. Some say take chromium capsules. Others say take lots of Vitamin D. Also, I hear others say walking down a steep incline lowers your blood glucose. I'd like to hear what has really worked from the members here. 'Sorry for the long post. CJ

LanieG
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   Posted 4/18/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I suppose that if your fasting blood sugar has been hovering around 106 you are probably having problems metabolizing carbohydrates, which means elevated blood sugar.  Some doctors still call this "prediabetes".  Whatever name you call it, I think it's a wake-up call for you to pay attention - which is what you're doing and that's important.  You've done well to have regular exercise and lose weight because those two factors help control blood sugar in everyone.  Next is diet.  In short, carbohydrates eaten by a person who cannot metabolize carbs efficiently anymore will keep the blood sugar elevated.  How high they are elevated and for how long depends on several factors including how well that person's pancreas is working and how well the body is using the insulin produced.  You seem to be looking for supplements that "work".  I don't believe these work very well for every person - if at all.  You'll find lots of "studies" that say cinnamon can control blood sugar and then just as many studies that say cinnamon is not effective.  I don't think sprinkling cinnamon on toast or oatmeal will help very much since the toast and oatmeal will give you a blood sugar spike because they are carbs, though the oatmeal may take longer to do that.  What really works is simply cutting down or cutting out the carbs: bread, food made with flour, sugar, food with added sugar and HFCS, potatoes, rice.  Sometimes just cutting down on all that will bring the control of the blood sugar more in line especially if you are not overweight and do regular exercise.  Please read back through the past topics that deal with diet and you will learn a lot about how many of us here have been successful in bringing blood sugar in line.  Are you testing your blood sugar yourself at home?  Have you talked about this with your doctor?  What have you been eating, for example, for meals?

Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


hafadai
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Lanie, It is like at age 50 or so I turn into a pumpkin! The fasting glucose reading was on the complete physical exam result. My doctor will and I will discuss this on my next visit during pre-op physical before my eye surgeries. No, I am not self monitoring my glucose level yet. The next hurdle for me to tackle after my back and neck problems will be controlling my blood sugar level. I have a lot to learn. It is rather all overwhelming now, and lifestyle adjustments are in order. It won't be easy, but I shall prevail. My wife loves baking and of course we eat "normal" food as a famly. I am planning on taking a class at the clinic on diet and controlling diabetes. What will be tough is I love rice. I will read the previous postings on diabetes. Thanks for the wonderful reply. CJ

hafadai
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   Posted 4/21/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie, One more thing - You mentioned at-home glucose monitoring. Are glucose monitors reasonably priced? What would you recommend? I have to go to Walgreen's and investigate what they have. I think it makes sense to monitor yourself frequently in addition to minimizing carbs and portion control. What is a bummer is I grew up eating white rice. This will be the toughest for me. CJ

LanieG
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
CJ, you're right in that you have other matters to take care of right now.  I hope they can be resolved.  Your fasting 106 from your annual physical would not even raise an eyebrow of many doctors, yet others might say to "watch it".  This is because there's a lot of disagreement and confusion as to how rigid we should be on blood sugar numbers.  In any case, I think it's wise to 'watch it' so it doesn't creep higher.  I turned into a pumpkin almost 5 years ago (at age 55) but my fasting numbers were higher, around the 120's.  Your regular exercise helps immensely for your general health but also for the blood sugar, so that's wonderful.  As far as the diet, well, you now know that carbs keep the blood sugar elevated.  I understand the annoying dilemma of a favorite food becoming a no-no of sorts.  You could try to eat a smaller portion of the rice and more vegetables and meat/chicken/fish with it.  Proteins and fats help level out carbs in a way.   In any case, being aware of what's affecting your health is half the battle.  Lots of people choose to live in denial and fight it.  Some manufacturers offer free meters in a kit to get you started but after you use up the 10 free test strips, you'll have to buy more test strips - for which your doctor can write a prescription.  If you have insurance, it should pay for part of the test strip prescription.  Here are 3 websites that offer the free monitors.  You'll have to fill out a form online.  Although my doctor has not declared that I have diabetes, she does write a prescription for my test strips, so when I filled out the forms, I did check that I have type 2 diabetes (which I do have; it's just controlled without meds.)  Good luck and let us know how everything goes.  yeah

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Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 4/22/2009 8:00:59 AM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/22/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
hafadai,
I too want to welcome you to HW. I understand the rice dilema. I grew up eating potatoes. It's almost more than a comfort food, it's like a form of security blanket for me. tongue You may find that by eating lots of high fiber vegetables like broccoli and cabbage along with your rice as well as some healthy fats to delay the absorption rate of the carbs in the rice you can keep rice in your food plan. The first step is to get a monitor and start tracking what affects your numbers two hours after each meal. Once you get the hang of it it's not so bad. We will be here for you to help you along so don't get overwhelmed.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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